ARLINGTON, Va. – Courage Caps, Washington Capitals team-issued branded hats and T-shirts, will go on sale beginning Wednesday, Jan. 24, Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation and the Washington Capitals announced today. This season’s Courage Caps campaign is sponsored by Telos Corporation with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).
TAPS is a nonprofit organization that provides comfort and care for anyone who is grieving the death of someone who died while serving in the military. Funds raised will provide peer-based emotional support, regional seminars for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, casework assistance, grief and trauma resources and a 24/7 resource and information helpline for bereaved military families.
Courage Caps and T-shirts, presented by Telos Corporation, will be sold for $20 online at WashingtonCaps.com, at the Washington Capitals Team Store at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and at the Team Store and at stands throughout Verizon Center during Capitals home games. There will also be a limited number of autographed Courage Caps and T-shirts available for sale at WashingtonCaps.com and at the MSE Foundation table located behind section 104 on the main concourse at Verizon Center.
Since the program launched during the 2007-08 season, the Courage campaign has raised more than $630,000 for charity through the sale of nearly 20,000 Courage hats in eight years and nearly 9,000 Courage T-shirts in six years.
For $50 fans can purchase a Courage Cap or T-shirt signed by Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson, Braden Holtby, T.J. Oshie, Alex Ovechkin or Tom Wilson; for $40 fans can purchase a Courage Cap or T-shirt signed by any other individual player. Capitals Fans will be able to order hats or T-shirts signed by any rostered player online.
A select number of autographed hats and T-shirts will be on sale at the MSE Foundation table at section 104 on the main concourse at Verizon Center. When the Capitals host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 24 fans may purchase hats and T-shirts signed by Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson, Braden Holtby, T.J. Oshie, Alex Ovechkin or Tom Wilson for $50 each and hats signed by Karl Alzner, Jay Beagle, Andre Burakovsky, Jason Chimera, Marcus Johansson, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Brooks Laich, Michael Latta, Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik and Justin Williams for $40 each.
To launch the 2015-16 campaign, select Washington Capitals players will host nearly 150 children and adults who have lost a loved one in military service and found healing through TAPS for a skating party at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Wednesday, Jan. 20.
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Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation supports the charitable efforts of the professional teams under its umbrella: the Washington Capitals, Mystics and Wizards. MSE Foundation is committed to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and focuses on the following five pillars to maximize its impact on the community: youth basketball and hockey, education and scholarship, pediatric health and fitness, military and veterans’ affairs and hunger and homelessness. For more information, visit www.monumentalfoundation.org.
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is the national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America's fallen military heroes and has offered support to more than 50,000 surviving family members of our fallen military and their caregivers since 1994. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, healing seminars and retreats for adults, camps for children, casework assistance, connections to community-based care, online and in-person support groups and the 24/7 National Military Survivor Helpline at 800.959.TAPS (8277) available for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces. Services are provided free of charge. For more information go to www.taps.org or call TAPS at 202.588.TAPS (8277).
Telos Corporation empowers and protects the world’s most security-conscious enterprises with solutions and services for continuous security assurance of individuals, systems, and information. Telos offerings include cyber security solutions and services for IT risk management and information security; secure mobility to protect globally connected enterprises; and identity management to establish trust in personnel and continuously monitor for insider threats. The company serves military, intelligence and civilian agencies of the federal government, allied nations, and commercial organizations around the world. For more information, visit www.telos.com.